Saturday, January 28, 2012

Who took our snow??

Life is changing too much. I now know what they meant by "climate change", we are going to have a week of 40 degrees or over! This is a city that we would not see real stone sidewalks until Easter time! So all we can do is thank God for not breaking my husband's back shoveling snow and for having nice dry floors without all the salt scratches on the wood.
Books those we still have control over. Good or bad we are the one who gets to choose if we read them or not. We can return them to the library or the person who lent it to us. If we had purchased them then we can close it, put it away and later pick it up again hoping that our interest has renewed.
I have discovered a good thing on TV, C-Span on the weekends!! It provides interviews with the authors and we get a good amount of information on what there books offers to readers.
But more important it is like reading (condensed of course) some books you may have never even intended to read, yet interesting enough that you get the 'true fest' of what the whole book is about. The program only does non-fiction books, which is great because I like fiction better and tend to buy very few non-fiction books (mostly biographies). I have seen books on WW ll (there are more and more each year) but some offer a different view point on a different topic, which added to the information I already have, leads to a better and more detailed picture of that topic, weather it is the Battle on Monte Casino, or the life of the German generals. So all in all I would suggest that if you can look up this channel if you can. It will save a lot of time to your hunt for material to read. The recent book that came into view is A SOLDIER'S DREAM: Capt. Travis Patriquin and The Awakening of Iraq by Wm. Doyle. It tells you in more detail our entry into that far off country and why, through the life of a very important person, a mid westerner, who brings it all home to a way of thinking differently our forces involvement and how we got there. So now we know something more substantial about the book and if you do or don't want to consider it. I won't buy it but I am grateful to know it is out there for us to have . Good readings all.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Winter is now officially here!

It is never nice to be waiting for the other shoe to fall! Snow is meant to be on the ground here in Chicago. So now if we hit another car we have some excuse! And it is the best weather to have besides rain to sit with your little blanket covering you to read!

I am reading (well one of 3) TOLSTOY AND THE PURPLE CHAIR-by Nina Sankovitch
It is a repeated idea. Some years ago there was the book JULIE AND JULIA CHILD; well something like that (I purchased the book since I have a copy of THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING) I loved J. Child but never in my 40 yrs. of marriage did I ever get to do ONE recipe!
I wonder if that is a record in some odd sense? Anyway the main character in that book starts a blog and aims at doing every single dish in that book within one year-364 days! And I wonder if she (the author-Nina in Tolstoy) is a true reader as she has been since young, that wouldn't that be like stuffing your mouth with food and trying to enjoy a beautiful dinner at the same time, I don't think it can be done. Because that is what Nina says she will do. I'm still reading and I do like the majority of the books she has picked and some of the comments of some of them. So we will see.

I'm also stuck now on a book I read more that 30 yrs. ago. CLAN OF THE CAVE-by Jean M Auel.
I started it in Sept. lost it for months and now I can't seem to get into it again. I do remembered that I loved it and promised myself to buy it and read it with more care, my 2 little ones where in kindergarten and 1st grade. The cave feels more confiding now, I guess!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 !!!!!!

Well here we are at a new year! I thought forever that I would not see my 21st, that's when I was 10 and wondered if the Russians would kill all of us during the 1960's cold war threats.
Then when I married and started to past my early twenties, my thoughts started to get more religious minded and thought maybe I would not see 33 (the age of Jesus Christ, when he was killed); but here I am over my fears of dying (it's around the corner anyway-I just don't know how long this block is!).
So for awhile I have decided to read in order to stop thinking of how long will I live. I also decided to have a resolution that I can actually keep! Blog of my reading more often than in the past 2 years since I started to do so. I would break my own record of Finally ! Keeping a promise made in the madness of the beginning of a year. Wow! Am I getting smarter, have all those books I read finally making my brain function better? Whatever the reason, I promise to you (if there are anyone out there even looking at this) if not it will help me move my fingers and so something at my computer than just delete spam-mail. So we have a date! Have a great year all! Health more than money and books more than movies.